The goal of these lessons will be for students to focus and learn about one certain biome in a group of 3 and then teach the class their findings through a PowerPoint and a Photoshop picture. Before doing so each group will need to compile an essay into a Word document and answer certain assigned questions.
Students will be exposed to each biome by listening and engaging themselves in each presentation made by the 4 different groups of 3. Also they will learn to work with different technologies, such as PowerPoint, a Word document, the internet for resources, and Photoshop/ Clip art, Paint and other drawing programs.
This unit is a good place to start when teaching biomes because you let students explore, use any prior knowledge they may have about the subject, and make them feel like they have the authority to direct their learning and teaching.
Students will be able to demonstrate and use critical thinking skills by comparing and contrasting each of the group’s biome presentations and furthering their knowledge on the topic.
• TG.01 Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technological tools and devices.
• TG.02 Select and use technology to enhance learning and problem solving.
-Teacher will assign each group of 3 a different biome to learn and eventually teach the class about looking on the internet and library books for resources
-Teacher will go over rubric expectations of the final project and what the students need to do
-Students go to computer lab and look for facts and gather as much information as possible of their assigned biome
2nd day (45 minutes)
-Students will go to computer lab and continue to look for facts as a group on their biome
-Students will begin to compile an essay on their biome into a Word document
3rd day (50 minutes)
-Students will work on their essays in the word document that will be a minimum of 2 pages double spaced, what kind of animals and plants live in their biome, where can their biome be found (locations), what is the climate like, something the group found interesting, and would each person in their group like to live their or not and state why
-Each student in the group will make input on the paper and one person will write the actual paper so that the essay flows in the same person’s voice
4th day (50 minutes)
-Groups will finalize their essay with their assigned biome and turn in their paper into the teacher